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    Birmingham – a brief overview

    Often termed England’s second city, Birmingham has shrugged off a sometimes grim industrial reputation to become one of the UK’s most prominent examples of urban regeneration. Its million-plus population now resides somewhere as notable for its zesty architecture and vibrant multiculturalism as for its

    canals and factory landscapes, and a catalogue of fresh clubs, bars, pubs and restaurants mean there’s plenty to keep visitors well fed and watered. Elsewhere, the city’s shops, galleries and live events cater to everyone from arty types and retail junkies to sports fans and festival lovers.

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    National Sea Life Centre

    The Waters Edge, Brindley Place
    B1 2HL Birmingham
    UK
    Tel: 0871 423 2110
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat-Sun 1000-1800

    A huge aquarium with more than 60 displays of marine and freshwater life – highlights of the collection include black tip reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, green turtles and Gentoo penguins.

    Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

    Millennium Point, Curzon Street
    B4 7XG Birmingham
    UK
    Tel: (0121) 202 2222
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1700

    An engaging collection of hands-on exhibits and educational displays spread over four floors, with part of the attraction focusing on the city’s industrial heritage.

    BBC Birmingham Public Space

    The Mailbox
    B1 1RF Birmingham
    UK
    Tel: 0370 901 1227
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0930-1730
    Sun 1100-1700

    The BBC’s Birmingham HQ gives the opportunity for behind-the-scenes tours, visiting recording studios and sharing information on the productions processes involved in TV and radio.

    Ikon Gallery

    1 Oozells Street
    B1 2HS Birmingham
    UK
    Tel: (0121) 248 0708
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1100-1800

    A respected contemporary art gallery showing temporary exhibitions by artists from around the globe. Expect everything from painting and sculpture to sound installations and photography.

    Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

    75-79 Vyse Street
    B18 26HA Birmingham
    UK
    Tel: (0121) 554 3598
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1030-1700

    Birmingham has a long history of producing jewellery and metalwork, and this former workshop gives entertaining insight into the working practices of days gone by. Guided tours take roughly one hour.

    Winterbourne House & Garden

    University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Road
    B15 2RT Birmingham
    UK
    Tel: (0121) 414 3003
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1730
    Sat-Sun 1100-1730 (Apr-Oct)
    Mon-Fri 1000-1600
    Sat-Sun 1100-1600 (Nov-Mar)

    Located surprisingly close to the city centre, this restored Edwardian house sits in 3 hectares (7 acres) of botanical gardens with more than 6,000 plant species.

    Birmingham Pen Museum

    Unit 3, Argent Centre, 60 Frederick Street
    B1 3HS Birmingham
    UK
    Tel: (0121) 236 9834
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1100-1600
    Sun 1300-1600

    Tracing the history of the humble pen – and more specifically, the pen industry, which was once of huge importance here – this small, independent museum has plenty of character.

    Birmingham Back-to-Backs

    55-63 Hurst Street
    B5 4TE Birmingham
    UK
    Tel: (0121) 666 7671
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    Opening times:
    Various (see website for details)

    The city’s last surviving ‘back-to-back’ houses, built around a courtyard, can be visited by guided tour, during which you’ll learn about the 19th and 20th-century residents.

    Warwick Castle

    Warwick Castle
    CV34 4QU Warwick
    UK
    Tel: 0871 265 2000
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    Opening times:
    Daily from 1000
    (closing times vary; see website for details)

    An obvious day trip from Birmingham, this spectacular medieval castle has a history dating back to the days of William the Conqueror. It has various visitor features, including a Castle Dungeon manned by costumed actors.

    Cadbury World

    Linden Road, Bournville
    B30 2LU Birmingham
    UK
    Tel: 0844 880 7667
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    Opening times:
    Various (see website for details)

    A temple to all things chocolate, this large-scale attraction covers the 200-year-history of the Cadbury company as well as offering play areas, chocolate-making demonstrations and other fun elements.

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    Country overview

    Few places cram in as much scenery, history and culture as the United Kingdom. England’s southwest is dominated by a rugged shoreline and swathes of open national parkland, while its sprawling and vibrant capital London dominates the southeast. Hillwalkers can take some serious hikes in the Scottish Highlands or England’s Lake District. True British wilderness remains – stark, sometimes stunning and often inaccessible, particularly in the far north of Scotland.

    Historic Edinburgh is a fascinating city to explore, while Glasgow explodes with nightlife options. Visitors to Wales can meander from the urban highlights of Cardiff to Snowdon’s jagged peaks in the north. Across the water, Belfast is reviving as a tourist destination, and Northern Ireland’s countryside is green and rolling.

    Geography

    The British landscape can be divided roughly into two kinds of terrain – highland and lowland. The highland area comprises the mountainous regions of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and North Wales.

    The English Lake District in the northwest contains lakes and fells. The lowland area is broken up by sandstone and limestone hills, long valleys and basins such as the Wash on the east coast. In the southeast, the North and South Downs culminate in the White Cliffs of Dover.

    The coastline includes fjord-like inlets in the northwest of Scotland, spectacular cliffs and wild sandy beaches on the east coast and, further south, beaches of rock, shale and sand sometimes backed by dunes, and large areas of fenland in East Anglia.

    Note: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland consists of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Although they form one administrative unit (with regional exceptions), they have had separate cultures, languages and political histories.

    The United Kingdom section consists of a general introduction (covering the aspects that the four countries have in common) and sections devoted to the four constituent countries. The Channel Islands (Alderney, Guernsey, Jersey, Sark and Herm) and the Isle of Man are dependencies of the British Crown. These are included here for convenience of reference.

    More detailed geographical descriptions of the various countries may be found under the respective travel guides.

    General knowledge

    Key facts

    Population: 63395574

    Population Density (per sq km): 261

    Capital: London.

    Language

    English. Welsh is spoken in parts of Wales, and Gaelic in parts of Scotland. The many ethnic minorities within the UK also speak their own languages (eg Cantonese, Greek, Hindi, Mandarin, Turkish, Urdu, etc).

    Currency

    See the individual Money sections within the Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland sections for information on currency specific to these regions.

    Pound (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Additional bank notes issued by Scottish banks (including £1 notes) are accepted in all parts of the UK, although some smaller shops outside Scotland may prefer English banknotes. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700/1800. However, business hours in London can be much longer.

    Public holidays

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2015 period.
    Note: Holidays falling on the weekend are observed the following Monday.

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2014
    Good Friday: 18. April 2014
    Easter Monday (except Scotland): 21. April 2014
    Early May Bank Holiday: 05. May 2014
    Spring Bank Holiday: 26. May 2014
    Summer Bank Holiday (except Scotland): 25. August 2014
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2014
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2014

    2015

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Easter Monday (except Scotland): 06. April 2015
    Early May Bank Holiday: 04. May 2015
    Spring Bank Holiday: 25. May 2015
    Summer Bank Holiday (except Scotland): 31. August 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2015

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    The city is well served by rail and bus links, with eight local rail lines connecting all the key sights and attractions and a comprehensive bus network spanning the entire city. The rail system is also good if you’re getting out of the city on day trips – taking you everywhere from Warwick Castle to Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Taxis

    You’ll find two types of taxi in Birmingham – London-style black cabs and private-hire vehicles. The former can be flagged down in the street and found at taxi ranks, the latter need to be pre-booked. Black cabs can be called from TOA Taxis (tel: (0121) 427 8888), while TC Cars is a private-hire firm (tel: (0121) 770 2000).

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    Nightlife in Birmingham
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    A city this big is always going to offer plenty to do come sundown, and Birmingham’s mix of traditional pubs,

    live music, thumping DJ clubs and arts venues has much to recommend it.

    Gatecrasher

    182 Broad Street
    B15 1DA Birmingham
    UK
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    A huge nightlife complex with four nightclubs, nine bars and various different types of music.

    The Old Joint Stock

    4 Temple Row West
    B2 5NY Birmingham
    UK
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    A lovely pub set in an old Grade II-listed theatre, with a patio garden and a good range of beers.

    Nightingale Club

    Essex House, Kent Street
    B5 6RD Birmingham
    UK
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    A gay superclub set over three floors, with capacity for 2,000 people.

    Penny Blacks

    The Mailbox, 132-134 Wharfside Street
    B1 1RQ Birmingham
    UK
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    A recently relaunched bar in the Mailbox Shopping Centre, with hand-painted wall art and party booths.

    Crescent Theatre

    Sheepcote Street
    B16 8AE Birmingham
    UK
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    Home to a long-standing theatre company, with stage productions and cinema screenings both on offer.

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    Restaurants in Birmingham
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    The city plays home to the famous restaurant-thronged Balti Triangle – thought by many to be the birthplace of Balti

    – but there’s far more to Birmingham than its curries.

    Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill

    200 Wharfside Street, The Cube
    B1 1PR Birmingham
    UK
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    Price: Expensive

    The 25th-floor setting gives great city views, and the steaks don’t disappoint either.

    Adam’s Restaurant

    21a Bennetts Hill
    B2 5QP Birmingham
    UK
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    Price: Expensive

    A Michelin-starred choice in the heart of the city, putting its own take on British classics.

    Ju Ju’s Cafe

    100 Browning Street
    B16 8EH Birmingham
    UK
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    Price: Moderate

    A popular spot overlooking a canal, with menus offering everything from seafood to salads.

    B26 Food of India

    2226-2228 Coventry Road
    B26 3JH Birmingham
    UK
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    Price: Cheap

    A good pick among Birmingham’s numberless Indian restaurants, with a good choice of Balti dishes.

    The Warehouse Cafe

    54-57 Allison Street
    B5 5TH Birmingham
    UK
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    Price: Cheap

    A much-loved vegetarian restaurant committed to sustainability and good food.

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    The Birmingham Literature Festival

    2 – 11 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Big-name authors are always on the bill at Birmingham’s annual book festival. Writer interviews, lectures and panel discussions take place across the city, including in the striking new Library of Birmingham. Literary wannabes can sign up to workshops; past themes have included horror, poetry and historical writing.

    Fierce Festival

    2 – 12 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Thought-provoking, live art is the name of the game at Fierce Festival. Curious installations, wacky stunts (ever seen a feather-clad man in a giant bird’s nest on the side of a high rise?) and ultra-contemporary performance art mean you’re likely to be in for a few shocks.

    Birmingham Comedy Festival

    3 – 12 October 2014
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Russell Brand, Peter Kay and Michael McIntyre are among the top comedians to have graced the stages of Birmingham’s annual funny fest. Local upcoming acts aren’t forgotten though, and you’re spoiled for laughs, with over 100 events to choose from.

    International Dance Festival

    1 April – 31 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Dance troupes from across the globe take to the stage in this innovative biennial festival. Expect to be mesmerised by the cracking array of dazzling displays, from newly commissioned avant-garde productions and stomping street dance to Argentinian tango and classical ballet.

    The Eastern Electronic Festival

    1 – 31 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    British Asian artists from the UK and abroad present a stimulating programme of music infused with new and traditional flavours and accompanied by stunning electronic visual spectacles. There are debates, workshops and films, and a baby disco for the youngest in your clan.

    Birmingham Pride

    23 – 24 May 2015
    Website

    Venue: Birmingham Gay Village, in and around Hurst Street.

    A flamboyant carnival parade kicks off Birmingham’s LGBT celebration. The party cranks up with star singers on the main stage (past headliners have included Gabrielle and Katy B), a pumping dance arena, cabaret acts, and dancing and dog shows on the Community Village Green.

    BASS Festival

    1 – 14 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    The UK’s biggest black music and arts festival brings two explosive weeks of entertainment to Birmingham. Audiences are treated to a tremendous programme of live gigs, films, exhibitions and club nights featuring top-name DJs. New work is always commissioned especially for the event.

    BE Festival (theatre)

    2 – 12 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: The REP.

    Love contemporary theatre? Love dinner? The two combine neatly at BE Festival, an international theatre festival showcasing cutting-edge new European productions. As part of the audience, you can watch four 30-minute performances each night, and enjoy supper with the cast during the interval.

    Wireless Festival

    4 – 6 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Perry Park.

    Running alongside its London namesake (with acts switching between venues each night), Wireless Birmingham plays host to some of the world’s biggest pop performers and DJs in a massive three-day open-air festival, with a stellar line-up guaranteed each year.

    Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival

    18 – 27 July 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Jazz artists play a packed programme of around 200 live shows and jam sessions across 80 venues. A highlight for many are the outdoor performances from the bandstand at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens – don’t forget your Pimms and picnic! Best of all, most gigs are free.

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    Hotels in Birmingham
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    In fitting Birmingham style, its hotel portfolio has something for all tastes, from independent boltholes to corporate chain hotels.

    The city attracts a lot of business travellers, so you may find accommodation gets busy when large conferences are on.

    Hyatt Regency Birmingham

    2 Bridge Street
    B1 2JZ Birmingham
    UK
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    Category: Expensive

    A large, luxurious chain hotel just a few minutes from the city’s main shopping centres.

    Westmead Hotel

    Hopwood, Birmingham
    West Midlands B48 7AL
    United Kingdom
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    Category: Moderate

    A comfortable, well-run option with spacious rooms, around 20 minutes from the city centre.

    Hotel La Tour

    Albert Street
    B5 5JE Birmingham
    UK
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    Category: Moderate

    A four-star design hotel complete with brasserie, coffee shop and gym.

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    63°F / 45°F

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    Climate and best time to visit Birmingham

    This being the British Midlands, summers tend to be warm rather than overly hot while winters rarely drop below freezing, and the lack of extremes means that Birmingham is essentially a year-round destination. Its roster of big live events is unsurprisingly at its most active during the May-to-November period, but the city’s status is such that you’ll rarely find a weekend without high-quality entertainment, at any time of the year. Major dates include the International Jazz & Blues Festival in late July, the weekend-long Pride festival over the spring bank holiday and the biennial International Dance Festival, every other April/May.

    Climate & best time to visit United Kingdom

    Owing to it being an island, the UK is subject to very changeable weather. Extremes of temperature are rare but snow, hail, heavy rain and heatwaves can occur. For detailed descriptions, see Climate in the respective country sections.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

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    73.4 °F

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    41 °F

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    41 °F

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    2 °C

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    26 °C

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    19 °C

    66.2 °F

    -4 °C

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    Jan15 °C-11 °C5 °C1 °C90 %74 mm121.4 h
    Feb15 °C-10 °C6 °C1 °C87 %54 mm102.1 h
    Mar22 °C-7 °C9 °C2 °C76 %50 mm113.2 h
    Apr23 °C-2 °C12 °C4 °C76 %53 mm84.6 h
    May29 °C-1 °C15 °C7 °C74 %64 mm105.4 h
    Jun30 °C2 °C18 °C10 °C76 %50 mm96.0 h
    Jul33 °C5 °C20 °C12 °C72 %69 mm85.4 h
    Aug32 °C5 °C20 °C12 °C74 %69 mm95.1 h
    Sep28 °C2 °C17 °C10 °C79 %61 mm83.9 h
    Oct26 °C-2 °C13 °C7 °C86 %69 mm102.8 h
    Nov19 °C-4 °C8 °C4 °C89 %84 mm91.6 h
    Dec14 °C-8 °C6 °C2 °C91 %67 mm111.2 h
    year33 °C-11 °C12 °C6 °C81 %764 mm1153.6 h

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +44

    Telephone

    There are numerous public call boxes. Some boxes take coins, others phonecards or credit cards.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is mostly good, but can be patchy in rural areas. It is possible to buy a pay as you go sim card from any phone shop or booth.

    Internet

    There are internet cafés and centres in most urban areas. Some multimedia phone booths, often located at main railway stations and airports, offer touchscreen access. Most hotels also offer Wi-Fi, although this may be less likely in more rural areas. The City of London now has free Wi-Fi covering 95% of the Square Mile, whilst London Underground now offers Wi-Fi at station platforms across the network.

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    Shopping in Birmingham
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    Key Areas

    The main shopping streets include the chain-heavy New Street, Corporation Street and High Street, while those in search of bling would do well to take in the city’s famous Jewellery Quarter, home to more than 100 craftsmen and still responsible for producing some 40% of the nation’s jewellery.

    Markets

    The Bullring has three different markets taking place six days a week – there’s an open market, an indoor market and a rag market, while there’s quality fresh produce to be found at the New Street Farmers’ Market, which is held every other Wednesday.

    Shopping Centres

    The city’s two best-known malls are the Bullring – recognisable by its curved exterior design and home to more than 160 stores – and the Mailbox, where you’ll find Harvey Nichols and Emporio Armani, among others. Elsewhere, the Great Western Arcade, home to some independent boutiques, has preserved a handsome Victorian look.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    The monarchy, though now only symbolic politically, is a powerful and often subconscious unifying force. Members of the Royal Family are the subject of unceasing fascination, with their every move avidly followed and reported by the popular press, both in the UK and abroad.

    Handshaking is customary when introduced to someone for the first time. One kiss on the cheek is gaining popularity for close friends. Normal social courtesies should be observed when visiting someone’s home and a small present such as flowers or chocolates is appreciated. It is polite to wait until everyone has been served before eating.

    Clothing

    Some nightclubs and restaurants do not allow jeans and trainers, otherwise casual wear is widely acceptable. For business, a suit and tie should be worn, although in some workplaces an open neck is acceptable.

    Use of public places

    Topless sunbathing is allowed on certain beaches and tolerated in some parks. Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, including stations, pubs and restaurants, throughout the UK.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food within the UK is generally safe to eat, with health and safety standards monitored by various government agencies. Tap water is considered safe to drink but bottled water is widely available. If you’re camping, always boil, filter or purify water from streams.

    Other Risks

    The UK is not a risky destination but travellers should still take appropriate precautions. Summer temperatures in England rarely reach above 30°C but on hot days there is still risk of sunstroke and it’s advisable to wear sunscreen, as well as appropriate clothing. The same goes for winters, during which weather can be very changeable. Waterproofs (or at least a strong umbrella) are mandatory at any time of year. Those hiking in the mountains should come prepared, with appropriate gear and maps if needed but the biggest danger comes from those who disregard warning signs or poor weather.

    Although the risk remains low, travellers are advised to ensure they are fully vaccinated against measles, as cases have risen in the past few years.  Travellers visiting the UK during the winter may also wish to consider being vaccinated against flu.

    If you’re planning to walk in wooded or heath areas such as in the Scottish Highlands, it’s worth taking precautions against tick bites: ensure you wear long-sleeved tops, tuck your socks into your trousers and wear insect repellent. Ticks are known to spread Lyme disease which, although fairly rare in the UK, can affect your skin, joints, heart and nervous system. Symptoms include: a pink or red circular rash which develops around the bite up to 30 days after a person is bitten; flu-like symptoms; headaches; and muscle or joint pain. If left untreated, symptoms can become more serious.

    Midges are a hiker’s and camper’s nemesis, especially in the northwest Highlands during the summer. While they’ll do no worse than cause a multitude of unbearably itchy bites, it’s definitely worth covering up and dousing yourself in insect repellent to ward off these persistent beasties.

    The weather in Scotland can change in an instant. If you’re walking, skiing or climbing in the hills, it’s vital to be prepared for all weathers. It’s not at all uncommon to go for a walk on a beautifully sunny day, only to find yourself surrounded by mist and drizzle with little warning. Make sure you’re equipped with a map, compass, extra food, layers and waterproofs, and always tell someone where you’re heading before you set out. Scots and visitors alike also find themselves unexpectedly caught out by the sun – you might not need it often, but pack some sunscreen.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Kenneth Dr. Dawson
    Aeromedical Services Ltd.
    SPIRE Parkway Hospital
    1
    Damson Parkway
    Solihull B91 2PP
    Great Britain
    Tel. +44-1675-442069

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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